Ronald Frederick Stelter was born on Easter Monday April 17, 1933 to parents Martha and Frederick on the family farm in Rabbit Hill (southwest Edmonton). He had two older brothers, Elmer, and Edwin (who passed away shortly after birth).
Ron happily lived his entire life on the farm. He attended Whitemud school which was located across the road from the farm. Living so near the school was always a source of much consternation for him when he was young, as he was not able to stay at school at lunchtime, and thus missed out playing ball, etc. with the other kids. He also was not able to ride a horse to school as did the other kids.
More significantly, however, growing up attending Rabbit Hill Baptist Church, he came to the realization early that he needed Christ in his life and so made the commitment which guided and influenced him through the rest of his life.
He had many friends and cousins with whom he shared many adventures, including playing baseball, boating, waterskiing and several trips to the mountains, U.S. and Mexico.
In the early 1960’s he and his friend Don ventured to Southey, a small town near Regina, Saskatchewan where he met Mable. The two were married on June 1, 1963.
God blessed them with two children – Linda and Murray. Early on, the decision was made to convert the farm from a mixed farming operation to a dairy farm. The pigs, chickens, etc. were sold and a new dairy barn was built.
He always enjoyed driving, whether it be a Sunday afternoon drive in the country or a vacation through the central U.S. or the Canadian Rockies.
In 1999, his beloved wife Mable passed away from cancer. Ron and Murray continued to dairy until they sold the cows in 2004. Together Ron and Murray continued to grain farm for several more years until it became too difficult for him to get up into the machinery due to his knees and hips. As such, he became known as the “supervisor”.
Ron loved being on the farm and it was always his desire to live out his days on the farm.
Ron always remained committed to his church, serving faithfully over the years. This was his true passion and lasting testimony of his life. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and was ever prayerful. He was gentle, quiet, kind, humble and an unassuming person and loved by many. He cherished his time with family, and his many friends and neighbours. He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed joking and teasing. All were blessed to have known him.
On Saturday, July 25, 2020, having suffered a series of health setbacks, God called him home. Ron is survived by his children Linda (Dave) and Murray (Nicole); sisters-in-law Doris, Janet and brothers-in-law Ivan (Myrtle) and Dennis (Karen); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Mable; his parents Frederick and Martha; father-in-law Frank and mother-in-law Emma; brothers Elmer (Rose) and Edwin; and in-laws Eleanor, Evelyn (Roy), Francis (Bill), Eric (Gwyneth), Lorraine (Jake), Milton (Erna), Clarence (Lois), Clifford (Marion), Melroy (Audrey), Edwin, Don, Lloyd and Lillian.
He will be deeply missed but long remembered by those who loved him as a devoted husband and caring father and consistent servant of Christ.
The family would like to thank the staff of University Hospital, Unit 5D4 who were so kind to Ron during his stay there. A special thank you is also extended to the doctors and staff from AHS Virtual Hospital Team, Home Living, Urban Home Care, the care aides from Bayshore Health Care, and Dr. W. Muzyka for their compassion, generous care and support.
Friends and family who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday, July 31, 2020 with a viewing from 6-8 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Service, 4702 – 51 Avenue, Leduc, AB. Please adhere to Alberta Health regulations regarding COVID-19 with regards to masks and social distancing.
There will be a private Celebration of Ron’s life on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be live-streamed at https://distantlink.com/serenitySG.html
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory may be made to Rabbit Hill Baptist Church, The Gideons, or the charity of your choice.
To sign the book of condolences and to share memories, please visit www.serenity.ca.
He was loved, respected and admired by many and will be in our hearts forever.